Photo by murray bush – flux photo
Today, Rising Tide on Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories, delivered a message to the offices of Coastal GasLink in solidarity with the Unist’ot’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation, who are building a Healing Center on their territory, which is in the way of several proposed pipeline projects.
Read the Letter delivered – Coastal GasLink Letter
Read the Media Release – 22 May 2015 – Media Release
There have been attempted incursions onto Unist’ot’en Territory in the last 2 weeks. The first occurred in the beginning of May when Coastal Gaslink representatives came to the bridge bordering Unis’to’ten territory where they were met by Freda Huson, the official representative for the clan. They were not permitted entry. The second was via Transcanada helicopter on May 17th. This was in direct violation of the Free Prior and Informed Consent protocol. No protocol was honoured.
Transcanada and Coastal Gaslink are not welcome on Unist’ot’en Territory. Hereditary Chief Knedebeas has been very clear that pipelines will not be built on Unist’ot’en Territory where a Healing Center is being built to welcome community members who are seeking to reconnect with their land. It is also home to Freda Huson and her partner, Hereditary Chief Toghestiy.
We stand with the Unist’ot’en as they defend their land from proposed pipelines that will serve to further the destruction of land, water and wildlife that sustains Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. Final Investment Decisions have not been signed. Communities are resisting and must be respected based on the 1979 Delgamuukw case where Indigenous Sovereignty was clearly established and the more recent 2014 Tsilhqot’in decision on Aboriginal title and duty to consult and accomodate.
Neither government nor industry has jurisdiction on these unceded lands.
The LFG Trojan Horse for Tar Sands Bitumen is not welcome anywhere!
No Consent, No Pipelines!